International Migrants Day observed with theme ‘Migration with Dignity’

The International Migrants Day was observed on December 18, 2018, with the theme ‘Migration with Dignity’. Treating every migrant with dignity is one of the fundamental requirements on 19 December 2018.

On September 19, 2016 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a set of commitments during its first-ever summit on large movements of refugees and migrants to enhance the protection of refugees and migrants. These commitments are known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (NY Declaration).

The NY Declaration reaffirms the importance of the international protection regime and represents a commitment by the member states to strengthen and enhance mechanisms to protect people on the move. The declaration paved the way for the adoption of two new global compacts in 2018, the global compact on refugees and the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.

The global migration pact, known as the ‘Global Compact for Safe, orderly and Regular Migration’, was formally adopted by 164 Governments at an international conference in Marrakech, Morocco on December 10, 2018 to address the real challenges of migration while reaping its many benefits. The Compact is people-centered and rooted in human rights.

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